Set in Nevada in the 1860's, Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch called The Ponderosa. Ben Cartwright and his three sons, Adam, Hoss, and Joe fought for what was just and decent in a time where lawlessness was common.
The widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright had three sons, each by a different wife: the oldest was the urbane architect Adam Cartwright, who built the ranch house. The second was the warm and lovable giant Eric, better known by his nickname "Hoss." And the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe." They all lived and worked on The Ponderosa. Nearby Virginia City helped populate the episodes with guest starring characters from all over America.
Broadcast between September 1959 and January 1973. Filmed by the National Broadcasting Company at Paramount Studios.
"The Courtship" Season 2 Episode 16 Ben sends Hoss and Joe to Sacremento to check on the widow of an old friend of Ben's. Hoss finds himself falling in love with the widow - Helen Layton and decides to bring her back to the Ponderosa. He intends to marry her, unaware of her true nature. When Adam returns, he informs both Ben and Joe about what really happened with her late husband. The three Cartwrights must decide how to break the news to Hoss without breaking his heart.
September 21, 2011 Subject:
The Courtship (Bonanza)
Season 2, episode 16.
Original air date: 7 January 1961.
Hoss falls prey to the wiles of a beautiful woman with a gambling addiction and refuses to believe she`s only interested in his money in spite of Adam`s proof to the contrary.
Cast: Pernell Roberts (Adam Cartwright), Dan Blocker (Eric `Hoss` Cartwright), Michael Landon (Joseph `Little Joe` Cartwright), Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright), Julie Adams (Helen Layton), Paul Dubov (Frank the Card Dealer), Lyle Talbot (Sugar Daddy), Marshall Reed (Hammond), Lou Krugman (Jean), Charles Tannen (Charlie the Bartender), Betty Endicott (Brunette girl in Hotel: uncredited), Martha Manor (Blonde Saloon Girl: uncredited) and Bob Miles (Card Player: uncredited).
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